MACOMB — The Western Illinois Regional Council met Wednesday to discuss infrastructure grants, fundraising plans, and a current budgetary deficit of nearly $38,000 dollars.
WIRC Fiscal Officer Tracy Camden provided the fiscal report. Camden said that while the budget is currently in the red, the cost is expected to even out with dues trickling in from August, which will be visible next quarter. Many of the costs are maintenance related, including upgrading old equipment like forklifts, to building restoration expenses, and campaigning costs.
On a legislative level, Camden said the WIRC secured $200,000 for housing and weatherization projects in the greater Western Illinois region.
Shaun Pritchard, Executive Director of the WIRC, received approval from the Council to prepare plans for a fundraiser which will begin in January. The funds are to upgrade the agency’s office space, which requires additional storage space. The WIRC’s building committee will meet again in December to discuss final details of the construction project.
The WIRC will also be working with Ameren to offer customers a one time utility discount, Pritchard said, in order to promote a partnership with the energy company. Details on the discount were not explicitly shared yet. Pritchard said the community development staff have also sought infrastructure grants for Blandinsville, Fairview, Macomb, London Mills, and Victoria. The staff will also be looking to help these counties with revolving loan troubles, Pritchard said.
Pritchard added that Tri-County Recycling is keeping very busy with regional counties, mainly through community-wide collections on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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